It's that time of year when all the gardening tools get to come out to play. And one of my favorite things to do in the garden is to trim back last year's dead growth. Today, I'm sharing how I prune mine for the best Spring blooms and how not to mess them up. I learned the hard way as usual.
Pruning Hydrangeas Before Spring Blooms - Don't Mess Them Up!
Here in Texas, I start seeing new Spring growth around March on my hydrangeas. It may be a little later for you, depending on the zone you live in. But for me, it's the perfect time to be Spring pruning hydrangeas. In the past, I tried doing it in the Fall, and every time I did, it stunted the blooms. (insert unhappy face) You want to know why? The blooms are mainly in the new growth, but some varieties will also bloom on old-growth, but I have found that this works best. It can be a real guessing game. Do some research on your variety before trying this method.
Of course, I prune or deadhead old bloom throughout the blooming season, but today I'm strictly talking about Spring pruning.
For me, I wait until I see the new growth in the Spring, and because we had such a crazy cold winter, I waited extra long to make sure I didn't over prune. Many of my plants died this past winter, but so far, my hydrangeas are looking great.
Start with the dead stems that don't have new growth (easy to spot) and run your hand down the stem until you see the first bud or green growth. This is where you'll start pruning the hydrangea stems. Sometimes I leave a few dead stems in the middle to help support the new growth and snip off the tops.
Large blooms can really weigh down your bush, and this will give it some stability and help hold up those beautiful blooms.
Trim away the dead stems but make sure to look for any possible buds above where you cut.
Using this method ensures that the new growth is protected when pruning hydrangeas, and since I started doing this, my Spring blooms have resulted in large luscious blooms. As big as my head, if you can believe that.
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